Funding Opportunities + 6th January 1979 = Young Man, there’s no need to feel down


Happy New Year!

To open the 2017 tenuous pop culture/funding opportunities emails, on this day, 6th January 1979, Village People hit the number 1 spot with their classic Y.M.C.A.

Like many hits from this groovy disco group, this song could have been written with grant applications in mind.

It’s a reminder that there’s no need to be unhappy, when you are short on your dough, there are many ways to have a good time, you can make real your dreams. You have just got to know this one thing. It’s fun to apply for grants and external funding.

And your friendly neighbourhood Research Officers can help you today. Below are just a handful of the funding opportunities currently available. Many more are on our previous emails or through Research Professional – an online funding opportunities database and alert service, to which Keele is a subscriber. All staff have access on-campus and you can setup customised searches and alerts.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, any others available or you would like a very informal chat, please just take a walk up the street (to us in the Moser), or drop us an email.


Funding for this highlight notice is being provided by the Department for Education in order to produce insight into policy areas of interest to the Department and to promote the use of relevant datasets. The highlight notice provides up to 18 months funding for grants with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent full Economics Cost (fEC). It is expected to fund around two projects in 2017.
Proposals submitted to this highlight notice must address at least one of the themes outlined below:
– Teacher quality/subject specialism and the link to social mobility; what works in recruitment and retention of teachers and leaders
– Social mobility: regional differences in early years, school choice and Higher Education attainment
– The gender pay gap – using household level data to understand the within household GPG
– How does time from birth to return to work vary across the income distribution?
– Within households that have a child and a parent returns to work is gender or pay level the biggest determinant of which parent returns? For example: is it always the men who return, irrespective of pay?
– Further education – choice and quality, what works?

Deadline: 10 March 2017

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in late January 2017 and is expected to close in April 2017. The following information is subject to change. ***
The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme: themes. This encourages innovative applications that seek to explore new, unanticipated, pathways to impact which have emerged from projects supported as a part of the following AHRC themes:
•science in culture;
•translating cultures;
•digital transformations in the arts and humanities;
•care for the future: thinking forward through the past.
Deadline: April 2017
The Independent Social Research Foundation will launch a call on 23rd Jan 2017 for early career researchers (not more than 10 years post-PhD)  in the social sciences.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available  to provide full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year. Research expenses should be funded with matched funding from the host institution.
ISRF  are looking to fund research which uses new approaches to existing problems.  Eligible research is: “Innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged”.

Deadline: 3rd March 2017.


The Home Office, through the Joint Security and Resilience Centre, invites responses for its call on challenge project. This aims to capture strategical and tactical barriers which inhibit the security sector and develop project work against proposed solutions. Projects must provide demonstrable effort towards at least one of the following:
•deliver a joint response to the UK’s national security challenges;
•drive the delivery of the right solutions;
•growth of the security sector.
Suggestions for future areas of research are welcome.
10 awards, each worth between approximately £25,000 and £50,000, are available.
Deadline: 22nd January 2017.

***This scheme was launched on the 20th December, a bit of festive skulduggery from funders eh.

The Economic History Society, with the Institute of Historical Research, invites applications for its fellowships. These offer one-year postdoctoral fellowships in economic and social history, tenable at the Institute of Historical Research.
Fellowships are paid at the ESRC level, which in 2017-2018 was £16,296 for London-affiliated students and £14,296 for those outside London. Additionally, the society funds travel costs for each fellow, for up to four IHR visits. A total of four fellowships are available.

Deadline: 7th April 2017.


The JRC Trust is interested in funding work that focuses on removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with. Generally, the Trust funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs and recognises that change can take many years to achieve. As a result, the Trust is willing to take the long view and to take risks.
Applications are currently being accepted under the following priority areas:
1. Peace and Security to support a transition towards:
A.) The use of ‘soft’, rather than ‘hard’ power as a first line of response to conflict within society and around the world.
B.) The de-legitimisation of violence as a tool for responding to conflict, securing interests or projecting power.
C.) A culture of human rights and non-violent problem-solving, promoted at all levels of society.
2. Power and Accountability – to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest.
3. Rights and Justice – to promote racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.
4. Sustainable Future – to develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.
5. Northern Ireland – to fund work which will contribute as a strategic level to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.
6. Cross cutting proposals which directly relate to more than one priority are also accepted; however, this must be clearly demonstrated in the application proposal. Organisations should be undertaking work at a national level. This means work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The deadlines for applications for Northern Ireland, Sustainable Future and Cross Cutting applications are 27 March 2017 and 21 August 2017 (12 noon).
The deadlines for Peace & Security, Power & Accountability and Rights & Justice applications are 10 April 2017 and 4 September 2017 (12 noon).
This is just a friendly reminder that although Innovate UK may seem focused on areas not of Primary interest to our Faculty, many of their schemes and prospective applicants could no doubt benefit from Humanities and Social Science excellence.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Welsh Government wish to jointly appoint a Wales Centre for Public Policy. The centre will have two distinct roles: the first is as successor to the existing Public Policy Institute for Wales providing advice to Welsh Ministers and the second is to establish What Works Wales. The centre’s role as advisors to Welsh Ministers will focus mainly on:
short turn-around advice or think-pieces on the policy-relevant conclusions to be drawn from research evidence
supporting Ministers and the Welsh Government in understanding evidence needs and how to address them
building and mobilising a network of individuals and research organisations  to respond rapidly to Welsh Government requirements.
Deadline: March 2017 
P.S. Yes yes I know… But even if we can’t realistically lead on a submission here, we have expertise that can and should contribute to such a centre. Now’s the time to tap your networks to get on-board with institutions who will be making submissions to this…

Are you listening to me?

Our digest of funding opportunities is provided by Richard Smith, Faculty Research and Enterprise Officer at Keele’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.
If you want more information on these, or other opportunities, Richard can be contacted via email at

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